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Novartis Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated February 25, 2015
Updated February 25, 2015
171 Reviews
3.0
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work life balance with many activities for company bonding (in 39 reviews)

  • Good work-life flexibility, good benefits, good program for continuing education reimbursement (in 35 reviews)


Cons
  • The work-life balance is not well balanced and the pressure is difficult to support (in 30 reviews)

  • No work life balance and lack of promotion opportunity (in 9 reviews)

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  1.  

    Novartis

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    Current Employee - AREA SALES MANAGER in Maricao, PR
    Current Employee - AREA SALES MANAGER in Maricao, PR

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Best compensation, salaries, good training.

    Cons

    You have to be connected to succeed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your people

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    A great place to work, if your hard work is appreciated

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manufacturing Technician in San Carlos, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manufacturing Technician in San Carlos, CA

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    A progressive company that backs its objectives and delivers on promise

    Cons

    Hard work is sometimes not appreciated or looked at by management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look and promote employees based on what you know, rather than whom you know.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Retail

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Good pay, nice offices. Good location, challenging problems.

    Cons

    My division seemed more like working in a retail chain pharmacy than in a big pharma company. Employees didn't treat each other with the level of respect I had experienced in other pharma companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Well managed company working hard to deal with changes in the industry and to bring new products online which is getting harder every year.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    mid level manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Exciting rich pipeline; dedicated employees; affiliate organization is strong in EU, US and growth markets; opportunities for development; good compensation package; competitive benefits

    Cons

    Development drives the organization; communication from management to non-management in some line functions is weak; company is in high growth mode, therefore quality is not always rewarded, while work load is high; company is still very young; heavy dependence on contractors and agencies; though very large, processes are not always defined or followed including goal setting and evaluation; vesting period for retirement is long (3 years vs 1 year at other companies), therefore company matching is at risk; be wary of signing compensation with long vesting period

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Bloated

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Entry level to mid-level manger

    Cons

    Sr leadership; lack of vision; little to no communication downward

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Depends on your division

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits and pay are great.

    Cons

    Gilden handcuffs keep their employees there. If you can work In a toxic environment the pay is great.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Follow your company mantra of work life balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    MA III

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Holly Springs, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Holly Springs, NC

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Very flexible with work schedule

    Cons

    The companies values are good and training is getting better, not where it needs to be but it is really improving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go more with the obvious

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great company, good benefits, awesome training

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Hardworking people, very knowledgeable and skilled reps

    Cons

    A lot of layoffs in the past several years

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Great

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clinical Operations Manager in Newark, NJ
    Current Employee - Clinical Operations Manager in Newark, NJ

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance is great

    Cons

    Salary increases should be considered

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More Information sharing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Good people in the field, bureaucracy in decision-making

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    First and second lines of management are fair and committed. R&D efforts are outstanding. Benefits are generous.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic decision-making slows decision-making. Company is too conservative to maximize the opportunities derived from R&D. Despite stated commitments to valuing employees, actions don't back up words.

    Positive Outlook

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